Locus is reporting that editor and publisher Marvin Kaye is purchasing speculative-fiction magazine Weird Tales:

According to current editor-in-chief Ann VanderMeer, Kaye will edit the magazine himself, and no members of the current staff will be retained.

VanderMeer’s last issue will be #359, to be published in February of 2012. The current issue is #358, and fiction bought by VanderMeer will be published in later issues.

The magazine has received three Hugo nominations and one win (2009) during VanderMeer’s tenure, which began in 2007. VanderMeer plans to continue work on anthologies including The Weird: A Compendium of Dark and Strange Stories and Odd?.

Read the farewell letter from VanderMeer.

Weird Tales is the place where two storytelling concepts meet: speculative and alternative. In 1923, when the magazine was originally founded, those two ideas amounted to the same thing. Weird Tales was launched to showcase writers trying to publish stories so bizarre and far out, no one else would publish them — stories of unearthly dimensions and dark possibilities, gothic seductresses and cosmic monstrosities. Today, Weird Tales carries that mission forward into the 21st century, finding the most talented new writers, artists, and creators whose visions are too incredible to fit within the comfortable little boxes of everyday experience.



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